The Law of Priorities

The seventeenth law of the The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership is The Law of Priorities:

“Leaders Understand That Activity Is Not Necessarily Accomplishment”

Leaders never grow to a point where they no longer need to prioritize. In setting priorities, use the Pareto Principle: If you concentrate your efforts on the most important 20 percent of activities, you will realize an 80 percent return on your effort.

The value of anything in your order of priorities can be measured by assessing the potential consequences of doing it or not doing it. Something that is important has significant consequences to your life and your career. Something that is unimportant has few or no consequences of significance to your life or career. The mark of the superior thinker is your ability to consider possible consequences before you begin.

The very worst use of your time is to do well what need not be done at all.

Successful leaders live according to the Law of Priorities. They recognize that activity is not necessarily accomplishment. But the best leaders seem to be able to get the Law of Priorities to work for them by satisfying multiple priorities with each activity. This actually enables them to increase their focus while reducing their number of actions.

Summing-up: We all have 24 hours in our day. Yet, some people seem to accomplish so much more than others. As a leader, you should spend most of your time working in your areas of greatest strength.

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